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  • Fed-OSHA seeks suggestions for strengthening VPP

    Fed-OSHA is holding a stakeholder meeting July 17, in Washington, D.C., to discuss the future direction of its Voluntary Protection Programs. The agency’s aim is to “reshape VPP so that it continues to represent safety and health excellence, leverages partner resources, further recognizes the successes of long-term participants, and supports smart program growth.” Fed-OSHA is […]

  • Cal/OSHA Seeks Huge Penalties in Refinery Explosion

    The Division of Occupational Safety and Health has cited ExxonMobil Refining for 19 alleged violations following an investigation into the February 18 explosion at the company’s Torrance refinery. The incident only slightly injured four workers, but investigators concluded that management had been aware of hazardous conditions at the unit in question, yet took no steps […]

  • Standards Board Finally Gets Seats Filled

    Gov. Jerry Brown has reappointed four current members of the Cal/OSH Standards Board and named two new members to Cal/OSHA’s rulemaking body. The appointments are being said to provide both stability and new faces to the board. The newly appointed members are Robert Blink, 62, of San Francisco, and John Sacco, 60, of Rocklin. Both […]

  • Short Window to Comment on Heat Illness Guidance

    Do you have questions about Cal/OSHA’s new revisions to the heat illness prevention regulation? Do you want the Division of Occupational Safety and Health to address your ideas and concerns in its updated guidance document on the regulation? You have to act fast – before Friday, March 6 if you want to weigh in. DOSH […]

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    Wall falls at Massachusetts residential site, injuring two

    Two construction workers were injured by a wall that fell on the second story of a new house under construction in Windham, Massachusetts on Monday. Fed-OSHA is expected to investigate. Eagle-Tribune (North Andover, Mass.)

     

    Group seeks to expose people who make OR-OSHA complaints

    In Roseburg, Oregon, two senior citizens have been targeted by a group calling itself Citizens Against Tyranny, and more are likely to be targeted in the future. Last month, the group began publishing names of people it alleged have turned in businesses to the Oregon OSHA for violating COVID-19 safety rules, and it demands that all elected officials sign the group’s declaration or face recall. La Grande Observer

     

    Biden will ask Fed-OSHA to reconsider decision to skip emergency COVID standards

    President-elect Joe Biden is expected to ask Fed-OSHA to reconsider its refusal to issue emergency standards for COVID-19 workplace safety. Waste Dive

     

    Fed-OSHA expands debt collection efforts

    Fed-OSHA has announced a new process for collecting citation penalties that involves three penalty payment letters to be sent seven, 30, and 60 days after an establishment fails to pay a penalty based on a final order. The agency says its initiative is part of broader efforts across the Labor Department, which announced a final rule intended to improve its debt-collection policy. CBIA

     

    Reminder: Form 300A data due March 2

    Covered employers must electronically submit Form 300A data for calendar year 2020 between January 2, 2021 and March 2, 2021. A paper copy of the 300A form must also be posted in for each establishment from February 1 through April 30. Work-related COVID-19 cases may trigger recording and reporting obligations, which would impact the 300A data. National Law Review

     

    Michigan school district, fire department fined for COVID-19 violations

    Three stores, two restaurants, a school district, a fire department and a family fun center are the latest workplaces to be cited by the state of Michigan for failing to take COVID-19 safety precautions. MLive